Flutist Kaili Maimets is in demand as an orchestral performer, chamber musician, and soloist. She is currently Acting Second Flute and Piccolo of the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada (NACO) from 2017-2019. She held the Second Flute & Piccolo position of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony for 2 seasons and was Principal Flute of London Symphonia (formerly Orchestra London) for 4 seasons. She has also performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the National Ballet of Canada.
As a soloist, Kaili performed the Vivaldi Piccolo Concerto in C in November 2018 with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. In April 2018 she was featured as soloist at the NACO Family Adventures concerts in Ottawa. In 2017 she toured Southern Ontario performing Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto with the Toronto Concert Orchestra. As Principal Flute of Orchestra London (now London Symphonia) she performed Mozart’s Flute Concerto in D, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no.4 and Frank Martin Concerto for Seven Winds.
The upcoming 2019-2020 season highlights include chamber concerts with cellist Rachel Mercer and Angela Park in Barrie, Coburg, and Hamilton, as well as recitals with harpist Angela Schwarzkopf with the Mississauga Chamber Society and McMaster University.
Kaili is also passionate about performing new music.In addition to regularly collaborating with her brother, composer Riho Esko Maimets. She will be performing his flute and harp duo lumena (2010) with Angela this season. She has performed with NACO WolfGANG Sessions in Ottawa, Vancouver and Stockholm, as well as Continuum New Music Ensemble in Toronto and Montreal.
Kaili's principal teachers have been Nora Shulman, Denis Bluteau and Camille Watts. She has a Master of Music in Orchestral Performance from McGill University, Bachelor of Music from University of Toronto, and A.R.C.T. from the Royal Conservatory of Music of Canada from whom she received the Gold Medal for Woodwinds in 2007. Kaili is grateful for her orchestral and chamber training experiences with National Youth Orchestra of Canada, National Academy Orchestra of Canada, Youth Orchestra of the Americas, Banff Festival Orchestra, Scotia Festival of Music, and Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Kaili is passionate about teaching flutists of all ages and levels. She will begin teaching flute and piccolo at the University of Ottawa in the Fall of 2019. Her students have been accepted to the prestigious Curtis Institute Young Artist Summer Program, music programs at McGill University and Wilfrid Laurier University, and play with many local youth ensembles. Her students have consistently been winners of the music festivals provincially and at local levels in North York, Toronto, Stratford, and London (Ontario). Her students have also been medal winners in the Royal Conservatory examinations, and finalists at the Canadian Music Competition.
Kaili was inspired to learn the flute after being taken to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Children’s Saturday morning cushion concerts. She then began her studies with Professor of Flute, Peg Albrecht, whose creativity and passion inspired her to pursue music professionally.